Answered Prayers from the St. Anne Novena, 2024

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Join us in the St. Anne Novena, 2024

The next novena we’re praying together is the St. Anne Novena! We will start praying on July 17th.

St. Anne is the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the grandmother of Jesus. She is a very powerful intercessor! 

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Answered Prayers from the Sacred Heart Novena, 2024

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We’re continuing to pray for you and your intentions every day.

Novenas to pray in June

Usher in the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by honoring saints who allowed their lives to be radically transformed by the love of Christ. 

Ask for their intercession in your life by praying a novena so that you may follow their example.

Saint Barnabas Novena

Acts of the Apostles and some of the Epistles of St. Paul identifies St. Barnabas as an early Christian and a companion of Paul. 

Paul and Barnabas lead the community at Antioch before traveling as missionaries alongside St. Mark–spreading the Gospel to Cyprus, Perga, Antioch in Pisidia, Iconium, and Lystra.

After he separated from Paul, Scripture doesn’t say any more about him; however, tradition holds that Barnabas went on to preach in Alexandria and Rome and eventually died a martyr. 

The St. Barnabas Novena begins June 3. 

Saint Anthony Novena

Perhaps one of the most well-known saints in the Church, St Anthony has long been considered as the “patron saint of lost things” but he did so much more than we often talk about. 

He joined the Franciscan Order and preached the Gospel with such eloquence and simplicity that even the most unlearned could understand and know God. For this reason, Pope Pius XII named him a Doctor of the Church. 

The Novena to St. Anthony begins on June 5. 

Saint Juliana Falconieri Novena

St. Juliana, an Italian-born saint and niece of the Founder of the Servites, founded her own religious order–the Sisters of the Third Order of the Servites. Her work consisted primarily of caring for the sick and performing other Works of Mercy.

Before her death at the age of 71 she suffered greatly from illness and for this reason, the Church often asks for her intercession for those experiencing body illness. 

You can pray a novena to St. Juliana Falconieri beginning June 11. 

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Novena

St. Aloysius left the comfortable life of his wealthy Italian family to become a Jesuit priest. 

While studying for the priesthood, Alousius suffered many illnesses and health issues–kidney problems, skin disease, chronic headaches, and insomnia. Despite this, he cared diligently for the sick when a plague broke out in Rome by opening a hospital.

He eventually caught the plague and died looking at the crucifix with the name of Jesus on his lips. St. Aloysius is the patron saint of students and Christian youth, as well as AIDS patients and caregivers.

His novena begins June 13.

Saint Thomas More Novena

St. Thomas More was an English married layman, who is well known for being a lawyer and statesman, as well as a philosopher, author, and scholar. 

King Henry VIII appointed Thomas as Lord Chancellor but the positive working relationship between the two soured when Henry wanted More’s support to divorce Catherine of Aragon in order to marry Anne Boleyn. More remained faithful to the Catholic Church when Henry began the Church of England and became a martyr for his convictions.

Begin the St. Thomas More Novena on June 14. 

Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart as a moveable feast in June (19 days after Pentecost) as instructed by our Lord during his visit to St. Margaret Mary.

St. John Paul II said of the feast that it “…reminds us of the mystery of the love of God for the people of all times.” 

This particular novena was a favorite of St. Padre Pio.

Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is celebrated on the day following the Feast of the Sacred Heart to emphasize the important connection between the hearts of Christ and His Mother. Devotion to both Jesus and Mary can more fully help the faithful enter into God’s love. 

The Church invites us to meditate on the virtues in the Heart of Mary and to strive to imitate her love for the Trinity. 

Saint John the Baptist

Saint John the Baptist, the cousin of Jesus and the Last of the Prophets, was sent by God to prepare the way for the coming of Christ. Even before his birth, he proclaimed the coming of the Savior by jumping in his mother’s womb at the sound of Mary’s voice.

John preached about a Baptism for repentance and turned many hearts to God. The Church celebrates the Solemnity of St. John the Baptist on his birthday June 24th. You can begin the novena on June 16th.

Saint Cyril of Alexandria Novena

St. Cyril of Alexandria served as Patriarch of Alexandria in the 300s-400s and played a major role in combating Nestorius, a heretic who taught that Christ was two distinct people and that Mary could not rightly be called the “Mother of God.”

For this, and for his theological works, particularly on the Trinity and the Incarnation, he became a Doctor of the Church. You can pray the novena to this great theologian on June 19th. 

Novena to Saints Peter and Paul

Despite suffering martyrdom on different days, the Church traditionally celebrates the lives of Sts. Peter and Paul on the same feast. 

These two men–Peter one of the 12 Apostles and the first pope, and Paul a persecutor of Christians turned preacher of the Faith–show the true power of God’s grace to transform lives. 

Pray to two of the most important saints in Church History with this novena honoring them beginning on June 21. 

Saint Elizabeth of Portugal Novena

St. Elizabeth of Portugal, born a Spanish Princess, had a difficult marriage to King Denis of Portugal. She suffered from her husband’s infidelity and the various conflicts among her children and her husband’s illegitimate children. 

She modeled trust in God during times of trial and perseverance in prayer that eventually brought about her husband’s repentance. You can pray a novena to St. Elizabeth of Portugal beginning June 26. 

The Novena to Saint Maria Goretti

St. Maria Goretti is one of the youngest saints in the Church. Maria died at the age 11 after refusing the sexual advances of Alessandro Serenelli–the son of the farmer who owned the land her family worked. 

Alessandro stabbed her 14 times yet she was able to forgive him. Maria’s last words were “I want [Alessandro] with me in heaven forever.” He later converted and attended her canonization.

Begin this novena to Maria Goretti on June 28th.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena, 2024

The Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena begins on Wednesday, May 29th.

This version of the novena is attributed to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. She is most commonly associated with the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

You can share your prayer intentions below. We’re praying for you.

Answered Prayers from the Holy Spirit Novena, 2024

Thank you for joining us in praying the Holy Spirit Novena for Pentecost!

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The Holy Spirit Novena for Pentecost, 2024

The next novena we’re praying is the original novena! It’s the Holy Spirit Novena for Pentecost!

Novenas are an ancient tradition that goes back to the days of the Apostles.

Jesus told His disciples to pray together after His ascension into heaven, so they went to an upper room along with the Blessed Mother (Acts 1:14) and joined constantly in prayer for nine days.

These nine days of constant prayer by the Apostles at the direction of Jesus led up to Pentecost. This is when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples as “tongues of fire” (Acts 2:1-4). This pattern of 9 days of prayer, leading up to a feast day or final day, is the basis of the novenas we pray today!

Thus, the novena is an imitation of the Lord’s command to the Apostles when they prayed for 9 days in anticipation of the coming of the Holy Spirit.

And that’s why we pray all of our novenas for nine days, followed by one final prayer on the 10th day (which is usually the feast day).

You can sign up to join us in prayer here.

And you can share your prayer intentions with us all below. We’re praying for you!

Answered Prayers from the Mary, Undoer of Knots Novena, 2024

Thank you for joining us in praying the Mary, Undoer of Knots Novena!

If you’ve had any of your prayers answered throughout this novena, you can share those with us all below.

We’re continuing to pray for you!

Novenas to Pray in May

Happy May! This month, the Church celebrates the Blessed Mother as well as many other holy men and women. 

Delve deeper into friendship with these great saints and ask for their intercession in your life with these novenas. 

Novena to Mary

The Church considers May the Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Praying a novena is a beautiful way to honor the Mother of God and invite her special intercession in your life. 

You can find a list of Novenas to Mary here and choose one or more to pray during this month. You may consider starting a novena on May 23 to end on the Marian Feast of the Visitation. 

Blessed Imelda Novena

Blessed Imelda Lambertini is one of the youngest canonized saints having died at just 11 years old. After her deep longing for union with Jesus in the Eucharist was granted her by receiving Communion for the first time, Blessed Imelda died of joy. 

You can begin the Blessed Imelda Novena on May 5 if you wish to finish by her feast day on May 13th

Blessed Imelda is also the patron saint of First Communicants and with so many young people receiving their First Communion this spring, this novena would make an excellent gift to a friend or family member preparing for this special gift. 

Novena to Our Lady of Fatima

Also celebrated on May 13th is the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. 

In 1917, Our Lady appeared seven times to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. She told the children to pray the Rosary everyday for peace in the world and later entrusted them with three secret prophecies that have since been revealed. 

The sun danced in the sky in the sight of thousands of witnesses as a sign of the legitimacy of her appearance. 

You can begin this novena on May 5th to end on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima which the Church celebrates on the day she first appeared.

St. Rita Novena

Although she desired to become a nun, St. Rita married a cruel and violent man with whom she had two sons. Saint Rita is considered the patron saint of difficult marriages and of impossible causes.

After the deaths of her husband and sons, Rita joined the Augustians and lived the last 40 years of her life in prayer. She also received a partial stigmata uniting her to Christ in a powerful way.

The Novena to St. Rita begins May 14th.

Ascension Novena

Forty Days after Easter, Jesus ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. Before He leaves, however, He gives His followers the commandment to share the Gospel with the whole world, and promises to always be with us. 

The start date of this novena changes slightly each year depending on the Church’s celebration of Easter but it is often celebrated in May. 

St. Philip Neri Novena

St. Philip Neri was a 16th Century Italian priest and founder of the Congregation of the Oratory. He exemplified humility and often displayed his sense of humor, proving that joy and fun can (and do) exist in piety and faith.

The St. Philip Neri Novena begins May 18th.

St. Justin Martyr Novena

St. Justin Martyr was a 2nd Century Philosopher who, after his conversion, wrote many seminal works on apologetics in the Early Church. Unfortunately, many of these works have been lost to history. 

He became a martyr during the Christian persecution under Marcus Aurelius, along with six companions. 

You can ask for St. Justin’s intercession with this novena which begins on May 24.

St. Charles Lwanga and Companions Novena

St. Charles Lwanga and Companions became martyrs for the faith in the mid-1800s. Charles served King Mwanga of what is today Uganda; he also helped teach other members of the court the Christian faith. 

When the King–a violent and harsh ruler–learned of this, he demanded that the Christians renounce their faith. Charles and the others refused and were condemned. They faced torture and death with courage and joy. 

We remember these 24 martyrs with this novena beginning on May 26. 

St. Boniface Novena

8th Century Monk and Priest St. Boniface felt the call to become a missionary and traveled from England to Germany to preach the Gospel. He became a leader in the German Church, established many churches and monasteries, and eventually became a martyr.

You can pray a novena to the “Apostle of Germany” beginning on May 28. 

St. Norbert Novena 

After living a worldly lifestyle during his youth, St. Norbert had a conversion of heart and chose a life of prayer and penance. He traveled through Europe preaching, began a religious order and eventually served as Bishop of Germany.

The St. Norbert Novena begins May 29th. 

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The Next Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots (2024)

We hope that each novena we pray together is one more prayer that will bring you closer to Jesus and His comforting love. This next novena should do just that :)

The next novena is The Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots!

Whenever we grow closer to Jesus’ mother, our mother, we grow closer to Jesus — because Mary always brings us to Jesus. 

We will start praying on Saturday, April 27th. You can share your prayer intentions with us all below. We’re praying for you!